Saturday, October 11, 2008

Monster Pizzas

Today, we had some friends over to make Monster Pizzas. This is such a fun activity (though very noisy) and the children had a blast. You can make this project as easy
as you want it to be. We made the pizza dough from Jiffy Pizza Crust, but you could easily use a tortilla, pita round, or ready made pizza dough from the refrigerated section at the grocery store. Decorating it is the fun part.
This year, I remembered the difficulty of transporting the finished pizzas onto a cookie sheet from the wax paper last year, so we used parchment paper this year to let the children decorate their pizzas and the problem was solved. I love that you can put parchment paper directly in the oven. After setting parchment paper in front of each child, we gave each child a ball of dough and let them shape it in whatever way they chose.
After shaping the dough, the mommas put a bit of pizza sauce on the dough and then the kids went to town with the toppings. As far as toppings go, we had kernel corn, raw mushrooms, turkey pepperoni (which I was skeptical of, but it's quite good!), spinach leaves, sliced red pepper, sliced tomatoes, black olives, and mozzarella and cheddar cheeses available. Everything was set in its own bowl and the children just helped themselves to what they wanted. The skull turned out to me the most popular.
After the children finished decorating their pizzas like they wanted, then we simply picked up the parchment paper with their pizzas on and set them side by side on a cookie sheet. They baked in a 400 degree oven for approximately 10-15 minutes (depending on how you like your crust). They turned out great!
You should give it a whirl...


laytonfamily said...

okay - are you just trying to make us look bad now??

michelle said...

Um, you're awesome.

Missy said...

I miss October Kim

Crissy said...

I miss you dear friend.